Skip to comments.Teachers at their best in Atlanta snowstorm
Posted on 01/29/2014 1:52:09 PM PST by armydawg505
When snow descended on Atlanta and it became too dangerous for kids to get home, E. Rivers Elementary School principal Matt Rogers threw his students the sleepover of a lifetime.
More than 90 students stuck at E. Rivers Elementary School in Atlanta overnight due to snow watched movies, ate pizza and enjoyed a snowball fight in the morning. Lindsay Treharne More than 90 students stuck at E. Rivers Elementary School in Atlanta overnight due to snow watched "Free Willy," ate pizza and enjoyed a snowball fight in the morning. After movies and pizza, he used tablecloths and even his own dress coat as blankets to cover slumbering students. Teachers hugged and comforted the little ones who were scared and if they were lucky, got a few minutes' sleep on their own classroom floors.
Many students were stuck at school Tuesday afternoon as the storm moved in, and by about 8 p.m., Rogers decided that it was safest for everyone to stay put. The school was one of several where students were stranded overnight due to a snow and ice storm that surprised and paralyzed the region.
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Most teachers are wonderful.
The system, however, should be sent to the Obama bin.
The kids will probably remember this for years, tell their grandchildren about being stranded at school “for days” due to a blizzard or some such thing. :)
Nice story. Good for them, doing what had to be done.
OTOH cynical side of me says they will be sued for allowing such dangerous activities as snowball throwing in the cold snow!
Or the teachers will get sued for hugging the kids. In many districts the teachers are rightly scared to hug a distraught child.
Actually it’s been a long time since teachers, even in truly special ed schools, were banned from “touching” students. That includes controlling out of control brats.
Teachers not only could hug you, but they could also smack you on the backside if needed.
I was taught by nuns. Hugging was allowed but smacking was expected. I still can picture the size of the paddle. For minor infractions, a ruler was enough.
<OTOH cynical side of me says they will be sued for allowing such dangerous activities as snowball throwing in the cold snow!
I am ashamed to say that my first thought was, ‘who let them throw snowballs on school grounds?’ : ( Mostly because everything else was so nice and you just know some parent is going to be livid that their little baby was out in the snow.
I love this report!!!! So refreshing to see good news reported. Must share this.. Thanks!!
It was one ugly mess out there. Folks in the metro area really don’t know how to drive in this kind of weather. They think they can just rev on through when they are on black ice ( or glazed ice later on). People could not make it up inclines and on and off ramps. The snow was more than the national weather service estimated and the storm hit way earlier than predicted.
Now every one is being asked to stay home until at least noon on Thursday. Schools are closed tomorrow all over.
All in all I think folks with no snow tires and most don’t have four wheel drive did pretty darned good. Some students had to shelter where they were because parents couldn’t get to them. They were safe and well taken care of.
A lot of folks are making fun of the number of reporters covering this storm. That is what LOCAL news should do. They kept us updated and followed all areas of the state to let people know what was happening. My hat’s off to them all.
For all those that went the extra mile, thank you for a job well done
Not in Georgia.... But then you live in Maryland so maybe that is what happens there
I was taught by sisters, also, and hugs and smacks were not delivered to me. But I got a marvelous education.
No, seems to be a national epidemic. We are after all a sue-happy nation.
Our teachers pray for students and for the families of students. Even the principal admits to it! Our area had ample warning that things would get messy, so school was cancelled in advance. But the teachers here would have been great with students if the fiasco of Atlanta or Birmingham had occurred. I probably would have walked to the school with blankets as would all the people in all the houses around. There would have been a giant slumber party. And singing and laughing and hugging. This is a happy place. (Not saying there aren’t issues. But overall, it is really good.)